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It's an answer, at least

I know, I'm putting one post right after another, but I'm trying to keep topics separate.

I spoke to the PA at the orthopedist's office yesterday.  I have a tear in my rotator cuff.  She said that it's not big, but it's about two thirds of the way through.  I didn't think to ask which muscle, but I've left a message to try to find out.

My reading online is telling me that treatment at my age, for a small tear, etc., etc. is about 50/50 physical therapy for four to six weeks versus surgery.  Given that the point of PT is to strengthen everything so that the tear isn't as relevant, how much I've strengthened my shoulders over the last four months, and the level of my pain (which is not diminishing,) I have a feeling that we're looking at a surgical repair.

I have an appointment with the fancy doctor himself on May 1.

I'm relieved, bummed, and worried all at the same time.  I'm relieved that there is a definitive answer, it is not all in my head, and it's an answer that justifies the fancy doctor and the fancy test.  I'm bummed that from what I read of the recovery process and time frame, I'm likely to undo everything I've gained - at least in upper body strength.  I'll have to talk to Anita about how much I can continue to do, and I'll do as much as I can.  But... crap.  I'm worried, because summer is MY heavy lifting season.  I've been planning to purge the crawl space, there's gardens to weed, and Pennsic.  I fear that if we go to Pennsic and I can't do the (literal) heavy lifting, we're screwed.  I'm the one who packs, I'm the one who loads, I'm the one who lifts.  This could be very difficult.

On the bright side (there's always a bright side,) I've been doing the fitness classes for almost eight months now, and that puts me in a pretty good mental place to be diligent about PT, whether that is the chosen solution, or part of surgical recovery.

Thank God I drive an automatic.

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pippagrey
Apr. 11th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should consider an actual retainer, maybe find someone(s) who needs financial assistance going to Pennsic in return for some specified times and duties while you supervise?

kls_eloise
Apr. 11th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Not so much, unfortunately. It's the weeks leading up to it - digging out the stuff that's only used once a year, packing it all into a pile in the library, hauling it out to the Jeep/trailer and packing over the course of a week, and then the last big push the day we leave. Once we get to Pennsic, it's not so bad. Our camp mates will help us bang up the tent and gear, and the run to storage isn't so bad. It's all the prep. Especially since if all goes according to plan I'm going to need to figure out how to tetras the gear into a different vehicle.

Not to mention I'm the one in the family who knows how to back up a trailer. Oy.
pippagrey
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Then I guess we'll have to wait and see what the ortho says, and cross our fingers in the meantime.

I'm sitting here typing this having just had the arthroscopic surgery on my knee, and desperately hoping that once the local anesthetic they injected at the site wears off things go better than they die four years ago.... So I understand exactly what you are talking about. Especially with the concerns about being able to do stuff at home.

galingale
Apr. 12th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)
Oook. I've heard good stories and bad stories, and you're right -- your exercise routine will put you in a better place regardless. Keep us posted.

If you want to tcall me, I'll attempt to help with any of the prep work I can manage. Teach me how to drive a trailer and I'll be a pig in...I'll be in hog heaven. The girls could keep each other occupied with the swing set.
kamau_d_lyon
Apr. 12th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
All in all not good but not bad. The surgery would not be overly invasive and yes, PT is a pain, as I will know but the over all results are very good. Take it a step at a time and weigh what is right for you.
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